Met Gala throwback: 1998

The Met Gala countdown is officially on! 

In two days time, the "Oscars of Fashion" will take place in New York, New York, with Hollywood's biggest stars and the world's most famous designers taking the red carpet. This year's theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, has been predicted to be the most controversial yet -- and knowing Anna Wintour, it's sure to make its mark on the fashion world. 

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UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: Donald Trump and date Andrea Murray on hand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 50th Anniversary of the Costume Institute Gala in celebration of Cubism and Fashion., (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Alan Cumming, Scottish actor, singer, writer, director, producer and author wearing a silver Tommy Hilfiger suit whilst attending the Costume Institute Gala being held at the Metopolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Actress Liv Tyler wearing Audrey-esque, black, boatneck, sleeveless gown & sheer black wrap at Costume Institute gala (Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Liv Tyler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: Miuccia Prada greets Anna Wintour during the 50th Anniversary of the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: Claudia Schiffer attending the 50th Anniversary of Costume gala celebrating Cubism and Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: Martha Stewart and Donald Trump on hand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala, celebrating Cubism and Fashion. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: Martha Stewart attending the 50th Anniversary of Costume gala celebrating Cubism and Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer arrive at the Metropolitan Museum for the 50th Anniversary of the Costume Institute Gala in celebration of Cubism and Fashion. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 07: David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 50th Anniversary of the Costume Institute Gala in celebration of Cubism and Fashion. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Martha Stewart during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Date during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Liv Tyler during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Monica during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Sarah Ferguson during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Julianne Moore during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martha Stewart and guest during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Alec Baldwin and guest during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sigourney Weaver during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Paul Rudd during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Claudia Schiffer during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Lena Olin during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Willem DaFoe during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Diane von Furstenberg during 50th Anniversary Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 7: Fashion Designer Mary McFadden attends 50th Anniversary Gala for Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute on December 7, 1998 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Socialite Alexandra Miller attends 50th Anniversary of Costume Institute Gala on December 7, 1998 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Designer Miuccia Prada attends 50th Anniversary of Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Insitute Gala on December 7, 1998 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gretchen Mol attends the 50th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala on December 7, 1998 at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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In preparation for Monday's big night, we're throwing it back to what the Met Gala looked like 20 years ago. 1998 was quite the year for pop culture and politics alike. The Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal was just coming to light, There's Something About Mary hit the big screen and E.R. took the number one spot, again, as the most popular show on television, outranking Friends.

The late 90s was quite a time for fashion, as well. Sheer shawls were very much a thing, turtle necks and slip skirts made for high style, and green and pink were the hottest palate of the year. That year's red carpet was attended by the likes of Martha Stewart, Sarah Ferguson and Donald Trump. Trump attended for 9 years until Anna Wintour revealed last fall that she wouldn't invite the now-POTUS to her ball ever again. 

Scroll through above to see the wildest looks from 1998! 

RELATED: Ivanka at the Met Gala 

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2004 

Ivanka Trump’s history at the Met Gala begins in 2004, when we were all younger and blissfully unaware of how this family would become the center of our news universe in 12 years.

As with most things that happened in 2004 (the breakup of Bennifer, Britney Spears marrying that dude in Las Vegas, the entirety of Ashlee Simpson’s singing career), the images from that night are ... bleak. This was the first gala that Donald and Melania Trump attended together, too, and Ivanka was right beside them on the red carpet.

Not weird at all.

2005

Trump was back at it again the very next year, attending the gala — a celebration of the label Chanel — in a black, frilly, chiffon, kinda Chanel-y dress.

Her father was at this one too, but didn’t take the time to pose with her.

2006

Remember when this particular style of dress — brown chiffon with a low-cut neckline and a satin bow at the waist — was everything? Unfortunately we do too.

But hey, just blame this whole thing on it being 2006.

2007

Between the messy top knot hair, the drop diamond earrings, the hair parted down the middle and the dramatic color blocking on the dress (courtesy of designer Jason Wu), this is what every girl in 2007 wanted to look like at prom.

2008

Now here’s a dress Ivanka Trump would probably never be caught in today. The theme of the night was superheroes, and Ivanka went for, like, some kind of goddess? Maybe?

The dress itself, by J. Mendel, is actually quite pretty, and Trump walked the red carpet alongside the designer as well.

For a bit more superhero-y flair, she added a diamond headpiece. Think of it as a relaxed tiara.

2009

2009 was a big year for Ivanka Trump at the Met Gala because, for the first time ever, she brought along a plus one. And who was this plus one? That’d be Jared Kushner, of course, who’d be her husband in a mere few months. Oh, happy day.

The dress Trump wore — in line with the night’s “model as muse” theme — was a swirling, pale pink Brian Reyes number with a bit of an unruly train and black accessories.

2010 

The next year at the gala, which had a theme centered on American women, the two walked the red carpet together once more, with Kushner in a tux and Trump in a sparkly, beaded lavender Atelier Versace gown with a waterfall train on the back.


It was quite mermaid-esque.

2012

 After skipping the big event in 2011, Kushner and Trump were back at it again in 2012, at the gala celebrating designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. For the night, Kushner was yet again in a tux (honestly, it might be the same one) while Trump wore a blue velvet Peter Pilotto dress with sheer cutouts and a dramatic, geometric neckline.

Peep the bangs.
2013

This is Ivanka Trump’s attempt at punk. The theme of the 2013 Met Gala was the punk aesthetic and punk-inspired couture. 

For Trump, that meant showing up in a blue and green Juan Carlos Obandodress, spiky gold accessories, a black leather belt and deep-turquoise strips of hair.
Kushner was there, too, unfortunately sans any punk accessories.

2014

This is a gown that wouldn’t be that surprising to see Trump in today. For the 2014 gala, with its theme centered on master couturier Charles James, Trump wore this chartreuse ballgown from Oscar de la Renta, who remains a favorite of hers.

2015

The 2015 Met Gala is most widely known for being the site where Rihanna almost sent everyone on earth into cardiac arrest because of that glorious sunshine yellow Guo Pei outfit. But hey guys, Ivanka and Jared were there too.

For a night celebrating Chinese design, Trump wore a traditional blue and white A-line dress, with a dramatic striped train by Prabal Gurung, a designer who has since spoken out against Trump’s father’s policies and expressed unease about ever dressing Melania Trump.

2016

And this is where this story ends — for now. 2016 was the last year we saw Trump and Kushner on this particular red carpet, as her father’s campaign was well on its way to changing the landscape of American politics forever.

The theme of the night was fashion and technology, which isn’t so evident based on the couple’s ensembles. Trump wore a bright, Republican-red jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren, who openly favoredHillary Clinton at the time, and Kushner wore that same damn tux.

The next year, as the couple both became active parts of Trump’s father’s administration, reports claimed that they were simply “too busy” to attend. In 2018, we highly, highly doubt they’d be up for it. Trump’s father was banned, by Wintour herself, after all, and it’d certainly be torturously awkward.

Maybe next year will be different though.

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